Family tragedy as three young children and a young father, 22, die in a raging fire in the Bronx
Three Bronx brothers and a baby have died in a terrible inferno after a fire broke out in a two-story house on Sunday.
Victims of the terrible fire at 2165 Quimby Ave have been identified as Ahmed Saleh, 22, his 10-month-old daughter Barah Saleh, Kalheed Waleed Ban Saleh, 10, and Mohamed Waleed Ahmed, 12.
Firefighters arrived at the scene minutes after the blaze spread rapidly around 6 a.m., trying to save the children, whose screams echoed throughout the neighborhood.
“You could see their little hands banging on the windows,” said 60-year-old resident Merlyn Persaue through tears New York Postand added: “I see the hands in the windows, and then the flames wash up on the windows, and then there was no more sound.”
The two boys were pronounced dead at the scene and Ahmed Saleh and his daughter died at a local hospital.
Firefighters were able to save the baby’s 21-year-old mother and a 41-year-old man.
Firefighters are seen at the scene after extinguishing the blaze on Sunday
A neighbor who lived next door rescued a mother and her child before the flames could spread.
‘[The] Woman and little boy banged on my window. They were screaming, they were crying and the black smoke was coming out from behind them,” neighbor Imlaque Chowdhury said.
“I opened the window and I grabbed them both and pulled them inside. What else could I do? One of those kids playing with my niece. I looked outside and saw the man running around. I thought everyone got out. I could have gone down, I could have helped. I could have done more. But I didn’t know. I thought everyone got out.”
Screams in Arabic, which translates to: “Help me, God! Help me God,” a neighbor said, before officers rushed to the scene.
A devastating inferno claimed the lives of four people, including three children, at a home in the Bronx on Sunday morning
Two young boys, aged 10 and 12, died in the fire, as did their 22-year-old brother, who police pulled out and took him to hospital along with a 10-month-old daughter, who died in hospital
Rescue workers managed to pull a 21-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man out of the burning building
Three men ran up the stairs to try to kick in the door and tried to the end to save the family.
Firefighters saw flames erupting from the home’s windows and heard heart-rending screams as they arrived.
“When I come out I see fire, I see this man panicking just screaming for his family. He said, “My kids, my kids are all up there, help!” neighbor Carla told Cornielle NBC4 New York.
Rescue workers managed to pull a 21-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man out of the burning building. They are in critical condition and are being treated at NYC Health + Hospitals Jacobi.
The family members came from the Yemeni community. Faith leaders were seen leaving candles in memory of those who died in Sunday’s fire.
City Hall promises to help the family with funeral arrangements.
“We had a minor extension to the building next to the fire station. We have several minor fire service injuries,” said Assistant Chief Kevin Brennan.
A team of more than 100 firefighters and rescue workers managed to get the fire under control just before 8 a.m. and extinguished it a short time later.
Mayor Eric Adams visited the remains of the home and pledged to help the community recover. The mayor himself witnessed two house fires.
“We will be there for the family to ensure we can assist with any funerals and any support they may need at this time,” Adams said.
File Photo: Mayor Eric Adams visited the remains of the home and pledged to help the community recover. He is pictured making an announcement in New York last week
A neighbor’s house was also damaged by the fire and a man was seen gathering his belongings before going to see a relative.
“We have fires in this borough almost every week and certainly every fire is one too many,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson. A fire at a Bronx apartment building killed 17 people in January.
“We have so many other painful lessons to learn from the past to ensure we have smoke alarms that work. October is Fire Safety Awareness Month, but it needs to be every month.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Inspector Keiyon S. Ramsey, the commanding officer of the 43rd Precinct, said in an interview with the New York Times that no criminal acts are to be expected.
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